During my time in England as a student on a video production course a friend
of mine had quite an extensive martial arts video library and over a period of
time I enjoyed many of the films of which many can be found below.
Once Upon a Time in China Box
This is a Hong Kong film starring Jet Li as Wong Fei-hun who is fighting for the
rights of his people whom are being sent as slaves to California. At the
same time he must save his Aunt from Chinese forces coming into conflict
with the slave traders armed with firepower.
||In a world of Parallel universes each time a
version of yourself is killed the remaining versions gain power. In this
movie one particular version aims to become "The One"
Watch Jet Li in a fight sequence against himself
||Beginning with a beautiful sword display this
film is one of my favorites. Based on a warrior whom is living a calmer
life but is encouraged by a minor government official to become more
active. In so doing he becomes a target himself.
All in all the film's characters are very interesting and honor plays
an important in this particular film. The fight choreography is also worthwhile
with particularly interesting moments.
||Drunken Master starring Jackie Chan as the rebellious
son of a Kung Fu master is sent to see So Hi whom is another
Kung Fu master. He begins training with this master and at the beginning
the treatment looks harsh but as the film progresses we see the value of
the "Drunken" style of Kung Fu. The level of the martial arts
are astounding and there are many moments of comedy interspersed
throughout the movie.
of the Dragon
||China is smuggling drugs into Paris and Liu Jian,
an undercover Chinese cop finds himself in trouble and running from the
law whilst trying to reset the status quo. The play between Jet Li and
Bridget Fonda add a more human feel to the movie allowing for a more
There are some good fight sequences and it's refreshing to see Paris in
|| Set in contemporary Hong Kong a new order
is being formed within the criminal underworld. Three young police
recruits lose their position within the service but are then used in a
special operation to remove the current head of the criminal underworld.
There are many challenges along the way from the police and the criminal
under world making it hard for them to achieve their mission.
| Twin Dragons
||Two twins (Jackie Chan) from different
backgrounds, one more of a player and the other a famous musician find
themselves in Hong Kong and accidentally trade roles. A comical film to
entertain the viewer
|Zu: Warriors of the Magic Mountain
|| A fantastical tale told in the 10th
Century directed by Tsui Hark. A new world order is being formed and
elements from the demon world are coming back to claim earth as their own.